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Visiting professor Mary Hermes featured in Science Nation for her work to preserve the Ojibwe language

HermesM-Pref2011.jpgWith support from the National Science Foundation, visiting professor Mary (Fong) Hermes is using technology to capture and document the Ojibwe language as it is spoken in everyday life.

In the video created by Science Nation, NSF's online magazine, Hermes describes her documentation process and presents hope for the survival of the language.

"People love the language and they want it back," says Hermes in the article. "They know the stories of why they don't have it. There's deep, deep, deep emotional attachment. A lot of the reasons are spiritual . . . We see the elders passing on, and we know somebody has to step up. And those have been some of our best speakers who have stepped into those roles. And they've learned the language that they need to. So, that's been amazing to see young guys and young women stepping up."

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